Daniel Bryan will be making his WWE ThunderDome debut this Friday during SmackDown.
Bryan has been off WWE television for several months, appearing on the 6/19 episode via Zoom video conference. His last match was for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship against AJ Styles.
Dave Meltzer recently noted his absence from WWE tapings is due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, despite continuing to have influence backstage on the creative team.
Bryan’s wife Brie expressed concerns in him working due to his weakened immune system. During an episode of the Bellas Podcast earlier this year, she spoke on her fears of him working through the pandemic.
“But, I have to say, my husband is still working and he’s in Orlando right now and granted he’s working, he has a job but it makes me really nervous. My husband has an autoimmune disease. He also fought asthma really bad when he was young. He was always sick when he was a kid and I’ll admit, I lost sleep last night. I was kind of like, ‘Mhm, I’m grateful my husband is still employed, but at the same time I’m really scared that he’s just out there.’ I just pray so much for him that he stays healthy and all that but it’s like this weird tug of war.”
During his absence from the ring, Bryan became a father for the second time. Brie Bella gave birth to the couples second child on 8/1.